Our Senior Pastor Rod Goertzen was reared on a farm north of Bradshaw, Nebraska. After having graduated from Bradshaw High School he attended Grace Bible Institute and graduated in 1961. Following his years of service at the Shiloh Bible Church, of Linden, Iowa; he moved to Winona Lake, Indiana to attend Grace Theological Seminary in 1964. During his time in Seminary he pastored the Pleasant Ridge Bible Church of Francesville, Indiana. He graduated from Seminary in 1967 with a Master of Divinity and took a church in Hutchinson, Kansas. He pastored Crestview Bible Church until 1991 when he was called to Mission Road Bible Church of Prairie Village, Kansas. In 2011, our pastor began his ministry at Countryside Bible Church of Hampton, Nebraska.
Rod was married to Carolyn Dickerson in the summer of 1959 and to them were born four children. In July 1, 1971 Carolyn passed away leaving Rod with the children. In February of 1972 Rod married Faith Dougherty of Barstow, California and she assumed the role of a pastor’s wife and mother. Their five children, Kathy, Rick, David, Steve, and Ruth are faithfully serving the Lord. They have thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Our associate pastor, Abe Freeman was born in Laramie, WY and raised all over the Midwest. Upon graduation from high school, he attended a year of community college before transferring to Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, MO. In Kansas City he was blessed to attend and serve at Mission Road Bible Church. God used his time in Bible College to prepare him for seminary and God graciously gave him a wife, Sydney, during his time there. Upon graduation from Calvary (‘14), Abe enrolled in The Expositors Seminary which shares a campus with Mission Road Bible Church. The kindness of God and his providence were demonstrated time and time again as Abe and Syd went through four more years of school and ministry at Mission Road Bible Church. God used this time to grow and strengthen their faith and marriage as well as establish relationships that would lead them to Countryside Bible Church in Hampton, NE. It was also during this time that God brought two children to their family, Oliver (‘15) and Elizabeth (‘17). God opened many doors and made it clear that Countryside was the place for them, so upon graduation from seminary (‘18), the Freeman family moved to Nebraska to begin serving at Countryside Bible Church. Some of their interests are: reading, basketball, playing with kids (especially theirs) and anything outdoors.